Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

Email me: theseagarden@btinternet.com

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Talland Bay and Polperro

Today J and I drove to a bit of Cornish coast that I have never visited before.....Talland Bay. The sea was all sparkling diamonds as we ate our bread and cheese lunch. Hot sun and no wind - perfect! A few people swam. I did a spot of beachcombing. Then we decided to walk the mile and a half to Polperro.......

only the bit of coast path from Porthallow had suffered a serious cliff fall in last winter's storms and so was closed. A detour led up this incredibly steep road, boy was it steep!

A first glimpse of Polperro, unfortunately at this time of late afternoon all in the shade.

This really is the best time of year to visit somewhere like Polperro, which gets so overrun with tourists in high season. Only a handful of people were wandering the backstreets now. 

The Shell House

Stone steps lead up to tiny cottages everywhere....

 This antique shop had some nice boaty bits and paintings for sale

The setting sun behind our backs as we said goodbye to Polperro and wended our way uphill..... again!

There are fireworks going off in Calstock as I write this...... so Happy November 5th everyone, it's a perfect moonlit night for a good bonfire! xxx

Friday, 31 October 2014

Family and Fun

A day away from the shop and a chance to spend precious time with family......my three nephews are down for their half-term break. After a delicious pasty lunch at the National Trust cafe at Carnewas we head down the steps to the beach at Bedruthan.

Waiting for the tide to go out just far enough so that we can venture onto the pristine sand beyond......

Then in the evening, a visit to Trerice Manor for some ghostly goings-on at this reputedly haunted house cared for by The National Trust. Armed with torches we step inside the large dining hall......

where a grisly ghoul emerges from a cobwebby casket. And then his eyes light up!

Upstairs a severed hand dripped blood into the bathtub, and a figure of an old crone propped up on pillows in the bedroom suddenly lunged forward and shouted BOO! (In the dim light it was hard to tell what were make-believe figures and which were real people!) 
Hope you too had a Halloween full of family and fun x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Here's a little update on how the shop's looking at the moment......

I'm sorry I haven't done much blogging lately; there always seems to be something more urgent (and more boring, like paperwork) that takes precedence.

My online shop has also been sorely neglected....I must rectify that soon!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Coming to Chelsea!

Whilst at the shop everything....
is calm and organised......

 at home.....
my workroom is a flurry of fabrics and lace and buttons.....
making things ready for The Decorative Living Fair on Thursday!

Every morning I go and pick a handful of blackberries to go on my Alpen.....
it's probably my one moment of calm the whole day!

Chelsea Old Town Hall,
Kings Road, London

10am - 7pm
Thursday 2nd October

Please be aware that I can no longer accept payment by credit or debit card whilst at the fair, and that goes for many of the other exhibitors too, so if you are coming along please bring plenty of cash and a cheque book!

Here are just some of the exhibitors who will be there:

Nikki Page Antiques, Charlotte Casadejus, Hesta Nesta, Hen's Teeth, Chloe Antiques, Beyond France, Blue Linen, Weathered and Worn, Little Wren, Selvedge, Pomme, Nordic Grey, Belle Epoque, Katherine Pole, Gill Fox Hat Designs, Plantworks, Muir and Osborne, Betty and Violet and many more...... 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

So after an absence of two years I am back running 'The Sea Garden' again.....It still feels a little strange being back in the shop, but the welcome I have received from both villagers and visitors over the last few days has been quite overwhelming - thank you!

I bought this Victorian dress in the summer especially to put in the shop window. I thought I would try it on for fun and to my surprise it fitted like a glove. My friend Jan took a couple of photos of me wearing it....

So you never know, you might see me in it in the shop sometimes!

The Sea Garden, Portscatho, South Cornwall
Open every afternoon during September
1 - 5.30pm

except for the following dates: 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 30th September when I will be attending fairs.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


I am busy preparing for my next trip in the van, firstly up to the Cotswolds for the Cotswolds Vintage Fair on Saturday 16th (see side bar), and then down to West Sussex for 'The Summer Brocante' at Wisborough Green on Saturday 23rd August, both of which I am very much looking forward to. And I shall have a week in-between to explore a little bit more of the country! I especially love the area around Broadway, just a few miles from Toddington where the Cotswolds Vintage Fair takes place. Snowshill Manor is a must (surely the most fascinating house anywhere), and the gardens of Kiftsgate and Hidcote as well as all those beautiful cottages and the rolling Cotswold hills....

So I thought I would show you a taster of what will be on my stall: new 'Packs of Inspiration' above; some of which contain blank cards with envelopes so that you can enjoy making your own cards...... 
Little tins containing a mixture of mother-of-pearl buttons, vintage beads, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal......

and a charm necklace assembled from an old key and some vintage buttons and beads.

New butterfly cards.....

There will be quite a selection of lace for sale, both machine-made and hand-done, ranging from fine lace trims to larger net pieces.

Cards depicting old clothes patterns from the 40's, 50's and 60's, ornamented with a swatch of vintage fabric and a button.

Old French paper roses, presented with a hand-made label, make a simple and romantic gift.

I do hope to meet some of you at either one of the two fairs....for more info just click on the pictures on the sidebar and see below.

Lucy Haywood of 'Love Lane Vintage' presents 'The Summer Brocante'
75 hand-picked exhibitors selling a wonderful array of country antiques, textiles, homewares and hand-made treasures

11am - 5pm
Plenty of parking
Wisborough Green, West Sussex

Entrance £4

There will be a cricket match on the village green and summer lunches served alongside hedgerow inspired cocktails and real ales.....a taste of England at its best (could we just order some nice sunshine too please?)